Journal article

Trunk stabilisation exercises reduce sternal separation in chronic sternal instability after cardiac surgery: a randomised cross-over trial

Doa El-Ansary, Gordon Waddington, Roger Adams

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY | AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

QUESTION: Do trunk stabilisation exercises reduce sternal separation and pain, and improve the quality and control of the performance of tasks in individuals with chronic sternal instability? DESIGN: Randomised crossover study with concealed allocation and intention-to-treat analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Nine individuals with chronic sternal instability following a median sternotomy for cardiac surgery. INTERVENTION: The experimental intervention consisted of six weeks of trunk stabilisation exercises; the control intervention was no exercises. OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcomes were sternal separation measured by ultrasound in mm, pain during the performance of nine everyday tasks measured on a 100-mm vi..

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